Mark Hamill and Kennedy both revealed that Leia’s role in Episode 9 was planned to be hugely important and central to the ending of the Skywalker saga. Killing her off-screen simply won’t be acceptable.
It says: “As the fans of STAR WARS and Carrie Fisher, we really want Leia to shine in Episode IX and we certainly do not want her to be written out of the film abruptly without a reasonable plot. Therefore, recasting Leia is a more ideal option for us and we believe that Meryl Streep is an ideal candidate to play Leia.”
The two stars became great friends when Streep ‘played’ Fisher in Postcard From The Edge.
The movie was written by Carrie Fisher and based on her semi-autobiographical novel about growing up with a famous mother, Debbie Reynolds. Streep’s character Suzanne Vale was based on Carrie Fisher herself.
This is actually a fantastic idea. I can’t think of a better way for Lucasfilm to rid itself of any remaining legacy fans than casting Meryl freakin’ Streep. She’s absolutely guaranteed to say multiple stupid things on the PR circuit. This could very well give the Star Wars franchise the merciful death it needs right now.
Just please, dear God, don’t put her in a gold bikini.
As of this writing, the petition stands at 7,831 signatures with a goal of 8,0000, and you can sign it here. I did.
Mark Hamill does not approve of recasting Princess Leia with Maryl Streep, as The Hollywood Reporter reports:
“I don’t know what the specific plans were for that character, but since Han was more prominent in VII, Luke was more prominent in VIII, we assumed that Leia would be more prominent in IX, especially with the dynamic of Kylo Ren being her son,” Hamill explained during a recent interview with Collider. “I think it would be tough recasting because she’s so indelibly linked to that character.”
He continued, “They’ve already ruled out the idea of computer generating her performance like they did with Peter Cushing, so gee, that’s got to be a really, not an insurmountable problem, but … I know the script had been developed enough so when we lost her they had to go back to square one. She’s irreplaceable as far as I’m concerned.”
Only one thing is for sure. If Mark Hamill’s instincts are saying one thing, the fine brain trust at Lucasfilm is likely to do the exact opposite.